“Sean Sullivan’s skills and experience exemplify superlative leadership in business and construction. His commitment to doing the right thing and being focused on the best interests of his customers is always clear. The consummate professional, Sean’s strong relationships with the many disciplines within the trade establish him as one the best go-to contractors in the business!” – Travis Childs, Senior VP First Citizens Bank
Sean Sullivan was born in Oceanside, California, on June 19, 1972 to parents John and Roberta. As the son of a career Marine Corps officer, Sullivan moved around the country and lived overseas, although he spent most of his childhood on the US east coast. After graduating from Beaufort Academy in South Carolina, he enrolled in the Business Administration program at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Leadership and Marketing.
The promising economic conditions of the South drew Sullivan back to the Asheville area where he immediately began to develop his own business plans while working for a local builder. He began his own construction company in September, 1995. What started out as a remodeling and subcontractor partnership with numerous small projects, slowly evolved into the award winning company – Living Stone Construction, Inc., known for it’s quality, designs, and innovation in “green” applications. While earning his Unlimited Building License and Accredited Master Builder certifications, he became the President of the Asheville Home Builders Association in 2008. During his term as president, he oversaw 30% growth of the association. He served as an AHBA Board member for five years, Membership Chairman, Public Relations Chairman, State Director, and National Director. Sullivan has won at the AHBA Parade of Homes for over 10 years, been featured on the cover three times, and been elected “Builder of the Year” twice by his peers.
After serving at the Asheville HBA, Sullivan was offered the job of Regional Vice President at the North Carolina Home Builders Association. The NCHBA is the largest state association in the NAHB federation, directly influencing policy and code. There, he has served as President, NC Build-Pac Trustee and Chairman, North Carolina Building Institute (NCBI) director, and is currently serving as the Immediate Past President. He concurrently serves on the BOD at Builders Mutual Insurance Company.
Living Stone has received recognition at the NCHBA Stars Awards by winning 8 years in a row. On the national level, Sullivan is one of only a few licensed builders in the country to hold NAHB designations of Certified Green Professional and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist. Living Stone won its first BALA award in 2013 and then again in 2015. Sullivan serves on both the Design and Custom Home Builders Committees, and is a lifetime Spike.
Sean currently lives in Black Mountain with his wife Laura, and their three sons, Patrick, Conor and Cole. They enjoy living in the mountains, spending time with family, and traveling for business and leisure.